Wildlife Protection in Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Celebration of the Year of Tiger (2022)

Conference Co-Chairs: Yemeng Chen, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Lixing Lao, Ph.D., L.Ac
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022
Location: Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
Online session streaming simultaneously
CEUs: 7 (NCCAOM and CAB)
Free of Charge

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), wildlife products have been prescribed in China for a long history and consumed by the public as medicinal ingredients. Certain wildlife species are now on the edge of extinction due to such demand. The positive image of TCM has been seriously distorted by illegal use of endangered wildlife in Chinese herbal products. A famous ancient TCM practitioner, known as “King of Chinese Medicine,” Sun Si Miao (581-682, Tang Dynasty) stated in his well-known classic “Da Yi Jing Cheng” 《大医精诚》: “Physicians sometimes treat diseases with animal products. However, both human and animals cherish their lives. To treat human using animals is against the principle of saving live. Therefore, I don’t use animal production in my prescriptions.” TCM professionals are an important intermediate actor in the wildlife consumption chain as they can directly communicate with consumers and guide consumption behaviors. We encourage all the TCM practitioners to join us to protect wildlife from use in TCM practice and publicly voice our concerns stating that we are against any illegal use of endangered wildlife in TCM.

Co-sponsored by New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NYCTCM) and Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (VUIM), a conference entitled "Wildlife Protection in Traditional Chinese Medicine - Celebration of the year of Tiger, 2022" will be held on October, 16, 2022 at the Hilton Financial District in San Francisco, CA (session will be streamed online simultaneously). This conference marks a celebration of the successful effort to remove tiger bone from TCM usage 24 years ago (Year of Tiger) and brings to light the urgent need to come together once more to protect other endangered species still in use and at risk of extinction. The conference aims to invite TCM practitioners, TCM researchers, wildlife conservation advocates and other stakeholders to discuss the issues and challenges of wildlife protection, such as the use of pangolins in TCM practice, which is contributing to drastic declines in their population. It is also the annual conference of National Federation of Chinese TCM Organizations in 2022.

Our conference is supported by many national and international organizations including the following:

Supporting Organizations

In the US

  • Council of Colleges of Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine (CCAHM)
  • Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine (ACAHM)
  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR)
  • National Federation of Chinese TCM Organizations (NFCTCMO)
  • American TCM Association
  • American TCM Society
  • American Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)/strong>
  • United Alliance of New York State Licensed Acupuncturists/strong>
  • Florida Acupuncture Association/strong>
  • Five Branches University/strong>
  • Chinese Herb Trade Association of America/strong>
  • Chinese Medicine Luobing Society of America/strong>
  • California University Silicon Valley/strong>
  • Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine/strong>
  • American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine/strong>
  • American Academy of Health & Wellness/strong>
  • California Acupuncturists United Association (CAUA)/strong>
  • Young Acupuncturists Association of America (YAAA)

In the world

  • World Traditional Medicine Forum (WTMF)
  • Consortium of Globalization of Chinese Medicine (CGCM)
  • Good Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Association (GP-TCM-RA)
  • School of Chinese Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
  • Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA)
  • NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University

Supporting Enterprises

  • Tianjiang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
  • E-Fong Herbs
  • TCMzone, LLC
  • PuraPharm International Company

Conference Program

Sunday, October 16, 2022
(Starting from 8:00 AM Pacific Time; 11:00 AM Eastern Time; 11:00 PM Beijing Time)
Time Topics Speakers
8:00 – 8:30 Onsite registration (Zoom meeting open)  
8:30 – 8:40 Opening remarks Lixing Lao
Co-Chair of the Conference
Moderators: Lixin Huang/Jun Hu
8:40 – 9:10 Keynote Speech:
China’s treasured TCM goes to the world: must take the social responsibility of protecting wildlife
Zhi-Ling Dong / Chun-Biao Guo (Video)
9:10 – 9:40 Wildlife in TCM: History and Ethical Considerations Lixing Lao
9:40 - 10:10 Research on wild animal herbal substitutes: Current state and bear bile study as a case Yibin Feng (Video)
10:10 - 10:40 Update about Key Protection of Wild Medicinal Species (Animals) which used in Chinese medicine Yemeng Chen
10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break
Moderators: Joanna Zhao/Philip Yang
11:00 - 11:20 Accreditation standards and professional competencies related to the use of natural products Mark McKenzie (Virtual)
11:20 – 11:50 Treatment of Common Gynecological Diseases with Classical Prescriptions Daniel Jiao
11:50 – 12:20 Development of biotransformation Substitute for sustainable application of Bear bile Zheng-tao Wang (Video)
12:20 - 13:00 Panel Discussion Moderator: L. Lao/Y. Chen
13:00 - 14:00 Luncheon Seminar/ Poster Session
Moderators: Ann Wang/Wenzhou Zhong
14:00 – 14:30 History of Wildlife protection in TCM during the past 24 years (1998-2022). Lixin Huang
14:30 - 15:00 Wild-Cultivation in the Conservation of Chinese Medicinal Plants Jean Giblette
15:00 - 15:20 Wildlife in TCM: Protection status and dilemma You-Bing Zhou (Video)
15:20 - 15:40 Wildlife in USA herbal market Yvonne Lau/Kenny Lau
15:40 - 16:00 Coffee Break
Moderators: Yvonne Lau/Dan Wen
16:00 – 16:20 Substitute for Wildlife-Origin Materials in Traditional Chinese Medicine Qifei Hu/Teresa Williams
16:20 – 16:40 The modernization and internationalization of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Danny Qu
16:40 – 17:20 Panel Discussion Moderator: Y. Chen/L. Lao
17:20 – 17:30 Presentation of the Declaration & Closing Remarks Yemeng Chen
Co-Chair of the Conference